Lecture Description

This lecture addresses the experiences of black women, including slaves, as well as white women from different class backgrounds. African American women did their best to preserve their dignity and protect their families in a hostile environment, while social class among white women profoundly shaped their experiences; yeomen farmers’ wives did a lot of hard physical labor, while plantation mistresses, who did not, were supposed to embody their family’s elite status. All this made for tense, complicated relations among women who shared the gender subordination of the era but rarely identified with each other.


South Women

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